Oklahoma Christian’s Johnston is three-time All-American

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NORMAN, Okla. (June 20, 2016) – For the third time in his stellar Oklahoma Christian golf career, Sam Johnston is an All-American.

Johnston was named Monday to the NCAA Division II PING All-America third-team list by the Golf Coaches Association of America, capping a career that ranks among the finest in the history of OC’s storied program.

The senior from San Diego became OC’s first Division II All-American in any sport as a freshman in 2013, making the GCAA’s second-team list, and again received that honor as a sophomore in 2014. Since OC began competing at the Division II level with the 2012-13 academic year, Johnston is the only student-athlete to have received All-America honors more than once.

Johnston also earned Division II All-South Central Region honors in each of his four years at OC and was a three-time National Christian College Athletic Association All-America, having received that honor in each of the program’s three seasons as a NCCAA member. He is one of only 10 players in OC history to receive All-America honors three times or more.

"It is a major accomplishment to be recognized as a NCAA All-American," OC coach David Lynn said. "I’m very pleased to see Sam recognized for his excellent year. It’s also incredible to see him become a three-time NCAA All-American. Sam has set the bar very high for our athletic program at OC.

"I don’t have any problem saying he’s one of the best golfers that we’ve ever had. He won seven tournaments playing a Division II schedule only. … It’s been a pleasure to have Sam on the team. For him to commit to come to our school, he’s going to be a graduate soon enough and to do all the things that he’s done, we’re so appreciative. I have nothing but good things to say about Sam and I’m excited for his future and what that holds."

As a senior, Johnston won the Division II West-South Central Super Region individual title – the seventh tournament win of his career – and helped propel the Eagles into the NCAA Division II Championship in their first season of NCAA postseason eligibility. He finished in the top 10 in six tournaments and overcame illness to place 20th individually at the Division II national tournament.

His scoring average of 72.41 over 27 rounds ranked 23rd in Division II and he ranked 15th nationally in par-4 scoring at 4.06.

Johnston was a two-time Heartland Conference player of the year (in 2015 and 2016) and would have received that honor four times had the conference allowed him to do so as a freshman and sophomore. He became one of only four players in the league’s history to earn first-team All-Heartland honors four times.

As a freshman, Johnston also received recognition on the Division II All-Freshman team.

On this year’s PING All-America teams, eight players each were named to the first-, second- and third-team All-America lists and 23 other players received honorable mention. Besides Johnston, only one other Heartland Conference golfer was recognized – Garrett Fey of Dallas Baptist (Texas), on the honorable mention list.

Johnston soon will begin his professional career. He earned provisional status on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada in March, although he has yet to play in a tournament on that tour.

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